Packing Tips

Packing to move is one of the hardest and most exhausting things you’ll ever do. There’s a lot of emotion tied up in your “stuff”, you’re trying to clean out as you pack, and you want to make sure everything arrives at its new home in good condition. Challenging, but not impossible!

Begin With A Plan

Checkmark-Iconpack by room — storing all of the items that belong in one room in the same box

Xmark-Iconlabel each box with the room the box’s contents — “books,” “cookware,” “towels,” etc.

Checkmark-Iconcreate a master inventory list of all your boxes and their contents, according to room

Xmark-Iconall these steps will help you make sure nothing gets left behind in the move

Packing Basics

Checkmark-Iconuse strong, clean cardboard boxes for packing

Xmark-Icontry not to exceed 50 pounds in each packed container

Checkmark-Iconpack heavier items in smaller boxes, lighter items in bigger ones

Xmark-Iconmake sure no box is packed so heavy that you can’t easily carry it

Checkmark-Iconplace heavier items on the bottom of each box and lighter items on top

Xmark-Iconcontainers will be more stable and less likely to tip over in transit

Checkmark-Iconuse strong twine or threaded packing tape to thoroughly seal your containers

Protecting Fragile Items

Xmark-Iconif you still have the item’s original packaging, use that for storage during your move

Checkmark-Icongood for items that have their own specially molded styrofoam padding

Xmark-Iconotherwise, use clean crumpled paper, bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts for padding

Checkmark-Icondon’t be afraid to use too much padding — especially with items that might get chipped or bent easily

Xmark-Iconuse compartmentalized boxes to keep fragile objects from bumping together

Checkmark-Iconsit items flat on one side or another — packing fragile objects at strange angles is inviting damage

Xmark-Iconpack your containers tightly to avoid shifting — the number one cause of damage during moves

Protecting Furniture

Checkmark-Iconavoid surface scratches by covering each piece of furniture with a sheet, blanket, or paper

Xmark-Iconpad corners with extra foam or blankets

Checkmark-Iconstore clothing and linens inside of chests and dressers as you move them

Xmark-Iconjust be careful about overloading, which can cause furniture joints to separate and collapse

Checkmark-Iconwrap each mirror, picture, and glass shelf separately in a blanket, tape securely

Xmark-Iconmark fragile items with a note not to sit anything on top of that package

Checkmark-Icononly blank newsprint to avoid ink smudges — especially on lampshades and fabric-covered items

Special Instructions

Xmark-Icondrain all fluids from power and yard tools so they won’t leak

Checkmark-Icondispose of volatile chemicals — oil, antifreeze, gasoline, etc.

Xmark-Iconmake certain all liquids and foodstuffs are in sealed containers

Checkmark-Iconleave the refrigerator door open to decrease humidity

Xmark-Icona piece of coal or layer of baking soda prevents mildew and must

Checkmark-Iconwrap electric items individually before packing and cushion well

Xmark-Iconmake an extra “final check” sweep

Checkmark-Iconany items left behind become the property of the new owner

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and

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